Multi-Monitor Usage On The Rise

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nbrowser

Dual 23s on my main system 2048x1152 each and dual 22s on my secondary 1680x1050, love multi displays due to the extra real estate, I miss the second monitor when using my laptop.....I feel.......gimped.

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aldenf

While I do run multiple monitors for productivity apps. I find the experience while gaming untenable. If I can purchase a less than stellar but reasonable 1920x1080 23" monitor for $200, why can't I purchase a 30" 2160x1920 for $400 or even $500?

As soon as we stop tying our monitor resolutions and aspect ratios to that of consumer video standards, the exponentially better the computing experience will be. I have televisions and a projector for media consumption. I want a resolution and aspect ratio that is more conducive to creation, productivity and maybe gaming. I, for one, truly miss affordable 16x10 monitors.

To hell with "video standards". Let's go back to being computer geeks!

Just my two cents...

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LatiosXT

While I do have two monitors at work, I don't see a use for them at home because there are rarely any instances where I could use the extra real estate. Not to mention, if I wanted to game on multiple monitors, I'd want all of them to be the same model. If not, then I have dimension discrepancies that'll get annnoying.

I'll just wait for millimeter thin bezels or when monitor manufacturers just stick together a couple of independent panels.

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aaronj2906

Running 3840 x 1024.
Using a TripleHead2Go Digital Ed.

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Browncow8

I'm rockin' 3 1920x1080 monitors!! I would never go back to less. I would love to try 6 but for gaming that would suck having the bezel right in the center of your cross-hair.

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HenryT

I have 3 monitors (1920x1080). Great for gaming because the bezels are not in the center. I don't think I'd even consider using 2 monitors for any kind of action game. It's been fantastic. But when I'm not gaming, I frequently lose the mouse pointer.

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livebriand

I have two monitors (a cheap 23" 1080p acer and an old 17" 1280x1024 dell), but I rarely use the second one. Occasionally I'll keep hwmonitor and msi afterburner open on the second monitor while playing a game or doing a project for school. I'm thinking about getting a better monitor (hopefully something with less color shifting than the acer, 25", better color presets) and I'm seriously wondering if it's worth keeping the acer or if I should just ebay it. The Dell suffices for the rare occasions that I have a need for another screen.

Now why is it that most websites (max PC included) don't take advantage of more than a 1024 or 1280 wide screen? Come on, this isn't 2005!

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Ghok

I have two screens... I would love a third, but that's not so simple.

Never tried gaming with the two screens, though.

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MadHattr1959

I've been running a multi-monitor set-up since Matrox first introduced
the concept with Win98.

+1 to all who say once you go multi, you can never go back. When I
first set-up my wife (a teacher) with dual-monitors, she was, "What
would I do with 2 monitors?". Huh, within a week, it was pry them
from her cold, dead fingers. lol

Now, she's setup with 2 17's flanking a 22".
I'm running a 28" main in landscape (gaming), with a 22" in portrait
(for document/e-mail).

Ern

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aferrara50

Using 6 HP ZR2740w (2560x1440) on one rig and 3 Samsung T260 (1920x1200) my "old" rig. I'll never go back to a single monitor unless 4K monitors become available at a reasonable price. Would be ideal to have one giant high res screen with "invisible" borders for window placement, but until then multi monitor it is. 2560x1600/1440 monitors are completely crucial for efficiency when mulitple windows are needed on each screen.

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Baer

I used two monitors for ten years. Now I use three 24" (1920 X 1200 not cheapie 1080P's with reflective screens). I run them at 5760 X 1200 using NVIDIA GTX 580's in SLI. I love this set up for both work, nowmal computer use as well as gaming.

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FrancesTheMute

At work I have 2x 22" LCDs, but at home I still just use a single 23" monitor. Hoping to upgrade to a 3-monitor setup for gaming later this year.

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devin3627

especially when you have those old LCDs you dont know what the **** to do with. lol (stretching my desktop) ya.

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vonalka

I use a 27" & 30" at work and can't imagine only having one monitor any more. In fact I would very much like to replace my 27" with a 30"

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bobla90042

Once you've tried multiple displays, you can't go back! I love my tablet, but it only has one screen! I have 2 monitors on the main computer, trying to figure out how to add a 3rd or 4th without having to ditch my expensive computer built-in work station at home.

One nice thing I can do with my tablet is control all of my computers from the sofa in the den, even the one with 2 monitors! Both monitors display on the tablet screen, as well as the desktops of the other 2 computers. With the tablet connected to my 46" tv, the tablet screen becomes large enough to control all three computers from the comfort of the sofa!

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Just wish there were bigger monitors.

Seriously. Computer monitors could easily be four feet across. We may not need all that space all the time, but some times we do. I hate Alt-Tabbing between multiple apps; I wish I could spread them across a single, large monitor. Gaming would be awesome, too.

Bevels blow.

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vonalka

I agree completely - not sure why the monitor companies haven't been pushing the boundries on bigger & higher resolution screens. We haven't seen any major development in years.

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DaemonSeed

I runs an older Acer Aspire 4730z laptop with two external screens for productivity.
Three Screen Resolutions: laptop 15" = 1280x800, 22" monitor 2, 1600x1200 VGA, 22" monitor 3, 1440x900 VGA-Arkview Display Link-USB.
Usually monitor 2 runs either Windows Media Center for OTA HDTV or XBMC, while I do browsing on monitor 1, and have other things like chats, and network monitoring on monitor 3.
The plan now is for an updated laptop with HDMI to pair up with a new 42" HDTV bringing the package to a total of Four screens for my eyeball's HTPC empire.

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ApathyCurve

I think most everybody who actually wants to be productive in the modern office environment runs two monitors. Sales, management, and design have all been on multi-monitor in my office for years, (though for most of us it's a laptop with an extra monitor, those design guys just have to idly speculate on the possible benefits of a fourth monitor and IT is throwing a new 25-incher at them).

On the gaming front, I love my Eyefinity. Friends see it, drool, ask how much it cost, (much less than you'd probably think), and promptly run home to badger their wives with eloquent narratives about the myriad uses of Eyefinity. Hopefully the increasing penetration of tripe-screen into the game market will cause more developers to stop being lazy (vert-) and start doing it right (horiz+) when developing their games. To be fair, though, there were few compelling reasons for horiz+ until the last few years.

Oh, and puh-LEEZ put selectable FOV as a drop-box option alongside resolution. That will make life considerably easier. All the config files I've had to edit the last couple years, I'm starting to have flashbacks to my MS-DOS days...

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HiGHRoLLeR038

I would say at least 40 percent of the faculty at my university use two monitors. a few staff in our IT dept use 3

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jerryki

At work I have two dual screen set-ups, triple screen setup, two four screen set-ups and a six screen set-up all with displays 21" or bigger. At home I have one quad and a dual. (Not a gamer, for productivity.)
We use these systems to monitor multiple test chambers and the results from multiple tests. It is cheaper to add monitors than buy multiple PCs. It also allow us to get the "Big Picture" instead of flipping between windows.

Besides ---- it looks really cool!

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binkievanes

I use a 24 and a 17: screen, the big one for gaming and productivity, the small one for support , meaning on the small one i have my email, possible helpscreens when designing, an extra spreadsheet for calculations etcetera, I will probably change the old 17 for a 24 also, I love working with two screens.

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bautrey

The cost of 3 monitors plus extra hardware to run them is way too expensive to make it practical to me, unless someone were to give $1000 to spend.

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wolfing

At work I use 2 screens for productivity, but I don't see how having 2 screens will be better for gaming. Doesn't the two black monitor edges break the immersion? I don't think I'd enjoy seeing an inch of nothingness in the middle of my view area in any game. Maybe to have a browser open in the other screen, but if that's what I'm going to use it for, I have a laptop that can do that better I think

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Remoth

I use 3 - 24" monitors for gaming at home, the key is to be able to have one screen in the middle for main focus. you cant do it with 2 because your focus would be split, but with 3 you still have that focus area in the middle that would be the same as with only 1 monitor, but you get peripheral vision on the others. Multi-monitor setups would work best with 3 or 9 monitors, the rest have that nasty bezel right in the middle. another thing is that if you use 9 monitors, you arent changing the aspect ratio, so you wouldn't see more to the sides, just higher resolution. (unless you can adjust that in a config setting )

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Biceps

I agree completely. Kind of like playing a game through a windowpane. I would love a larger screen (singular) with higher res, but am not interested in multi-screen setups until the bezels can be done away with or the issue can be fixed some other way.

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ApathyCurve

I've seen this complaint a lot, and I find that it's nearly always from people who haven't actually gamed on a triple-screen set-up, (not watched someone else, and not "I tried it for five minutes and kept staring at the bezels"). As mentioned above, your FOCUS is on the center portion of the center screen, just as with single-monitor gaming. You aren't looking at the bezels. The difference is that the extra screens gain you two things:

1) Peripheral vision. This is a much bigger deal for immersion than you might imagine. The human brain developed to use peripheral visual movement for balance, reaction, speed measurement, danger cues, and many other things. A single monitor robs you of all that, though you probably have never realized it. Trust me: it makes a difference. You'll instantly notice the difference in racing games, because you can now judge speed visually and look into sharp corners, the way you do in a real car. (Oh, and those bezels? You have them on your car, as well; they're called A-pillars.) =oP

2) Secondly, and perhaps of more importance, you can get all the clutter off your main gaming view. EVE Online, for example: All those dozens of windows necessary to play the game? On the side monitors. Your tactical view is gloriously unobstructed, but all the information you normally have available (plus about 300% more) is just a glance away. World of Tanks addict? Get all that junk (like the chat box and map) off your primary view, and you can also expand the team lists to show all data, as you have plenty of real estate.

My point here (now that I've finally gotten around to it), is don't get hung up on the bezels. Your brain makes them disappear, just like the rims of your glasses. I agree a single superwide monitor would be ideal, and I'd bet a paycheck you'll see exactly that in less than ten years. But no need to wait, you can do it right now.

Lastly, do not judge the desirability of triple-screen gaming by watching someone else play. There is a HUGE difference between standing behind someone while they play and sitting in front of the monitors so the two outside ones are actually in YOUR peripheral vision.

tl;dr - Try it, Mikey! You might like it! =D

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Biceps

Tell you what - you send me two more 24" 1080p 3D monitors to match the one I've got, and I'll try it.

My only sustained multi-monitor gaming experience has been with 2 monitors, not 3. I found the bezel in the middle as distracting as a pile of cupcakes at a weightloss convention - I didn't want to look at it, but my eyes kept coming back. I will admit 3 monitors might be easier to cope with by putting the bezels more in peripheral vision.

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Supall

At work, its 2 screens. A 24" and a 19". At home, I have a 24", but I hooked up my 32" tv as well for movies and tv shows. I used to do dual screen with a 19", but my 5770 can't handle all 3 devices turned on at the same time. So I need a better graphics card first.

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ssingratsomboune1

I can't wait for the day when I can buy a 4k screen for ~$2000. I currently use 3 HP ZR30w's and they're fantastic minus the bezels...

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aferrara50

totally agree. I have that same issue with my zr2740ws. U can remove them tho and cut down the bezel area. Callsignvega did it on overclock.net

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yammerpickle2

I want 4K plus resolution on one big screen instead of the hassles of bezels from multimonitors.

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firefox91

2 screens at home. But 1 is just an old 17 inch that is used mostly as a place to put my TV video while I am working on the main screen. I have 4 screens at work. That is not really a good thing.

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alexw1234

2 Screens, but being a reader of Maximum PC, I also own a GTX 590. It's all about if you can run 2 screens.

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Peanut Fox

I could handle 2 screens on my GTX 260 at 1920 x 1200 res. I couldn't game with modern day games on both at the same time. Who would want to? In a shooter for example your cross hairs would be right where the bezels meet.

I only know a handful of games that worked with that 260 and two screens. Supreme Commander and EVE where the only two I ever played in twin config.

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Hey.That_Dude

totally agree that two or three screens increases productivity.
YAY, more screens!
Now work on a screen that's like three screens put together (i.e. no bezels)

EDIT: and for you people who are gonna point out that curved display thingy, I want 1080p at least. No 900 crap.

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Biceps

Yeah, I saw that - cool idea, but poor implementation.

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